Last week, I shared what I learned about Moses called Living in the Faith Zone from an audiobook.
The book is by John Maxwell. It is called Running with the Giants. I have ordered a copy of the printed book so that I can share more from it on these Thoughtful Thursdays; however, it hasn’t come to me yet. You can also order a copy from Amazon HERE. (affiliate link)
For several mornings, we listened to a different portion of the book as we drove into school. Each portion was probably only 5-10 minutes. There was so much truth packed into each session, I thought that my thoughts on each character would be great for Thoughtful Thursdays, so for the next few weeks, we’ll cover different chapters from this book.
I really loved the chapter about Abraham. Abraham is particularly encouraging “. . . for when you don’t understand God’s ways.” From Abraham, we learn that “God always does the right thing.”
Sometimes it is easy for me to doubt if we are doing the right thing. Especially when the house is a mess, dishes are piled up, and I am overwhelmed. But John Maxwell shares how we can learn from Abraham’s life that God always does the right thing, even if. . .
- It takes a long time. Abraham was promised a son, but yet he did not see the fulfillment of that promise for 25 years. He doubted that promise and had a son with Hagar, but God always does the right thing.
- It seems absurd. Why leave everything to go to a land that has a famine? He doubted and went to Egypt. Yet, God knew what He was doing and always does the right thing.
- We question Him. Abraham does question God when God again promises him that he would have a son. But God did the right thing and gave him a son in His time.
- We don’t understand. Who would understand why you should sacrifice a child of your own? Yet even here we see how God did the right thing.
I know I have questioned God. Sometimes life seems to take absurd paths. I definitely cannot always understand God’s ways with my finite mind. Yet what a comfort that God always does the right thing.
Here were some more points from the study of Abraham that were especially encouraging to me:
- Perfection is not a prerequisite for God to start a work in our lives.
What an encouragement! Abraham was not perfect, yet God did a mighty work through him.
- Our character becomes more like God when we spend time with him.
Abraham was called the Friend of God. I want to be more like God. I want to be His friend. I need to then spend more time with Him.
- Gods blessings are never earned — they are all gifts.
- We can trust God — He can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.
I hope these thoughts on Abraham were as encouraging to you as they were to me!
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